AV Hope on the Go is a mobile ministry which began in January 2011 by Seth and Sandy Weinberg.
They listened to anyone who wanted to share their story. Many did. And Seth and Sandy’s hearts were cracked open and flooded with compassion as they listened to drug addicts, homeless folks, divorcees, aged out foster youth and lonely men and women share their stories and tears. They discovered that God’s word was true = people had a longing to be heard.
When the Spirit of the Lord instructed Seth or Sandy to speak – they did. They shared words of hope, encouragement, teaching and whatever else God prompted for the person sitting before them. It was not long at all before they bore witness to people regaining their hope as they were reminded that God does not forget about them; He is with us.
Two weeks after deciding to venture out into the community as disciples of hope, the Weinberg’s received a donated 35 ft RV from a man they did not know. His only instruction: “Use it for the glory of God”. The couple received this as God’s confirmation to carry on and invite others to jump into the flow of the Holy Spirit’s work.
AV Hope on the Go quickly became and remains a fully faith-funded ministry, officially registered as a non-profit religious organization. Donations of items like Cup of Noodles, water and items for the homeless, as well as financial support from people in and out of the AV, keep volunteers “on the go” on the streets of the AV. Everything is given to anyone in need, always freely, in Jesus’ name. Seth shares, "We can't out-give God. We'll give the last Cup of Noodles we have and immediately we'll receive a donated case or two,". Those who give are as much disciples of hope as those who serve physically, weekly.
The items given away are what get volunteers face to face with people. “Connections are made as we listen to people share whatever is on their hearts. No one walks away without being offered prayer and 9 out of 10 people are desperate for prayer because what we give is temporary but God’s gifts are eternal,” Sandy explains.
Homeless adults shower, eat, rest and fellowship in the RV. They’re given Cup of Noodles, toiletries, water, clothing and anything else in stock from previous donations. “We share the Gospel and demonstrate the Gospel, respectfully as the Holy Spirit leads,” says
Dozens of AV residents have served at one point or another with AV Hope on the Go over the last six years. (A handful have gone forward and started respective ministries. #YayGod). Folks have come from Orange County, Ventura County and even Minnesota to hop in the "Jesus Mobile" and hit the streets of the AV. Most volunteers attend different churches in the AV and serve there, too. Some do not attend traditional churches and participate in AVHG Bible studies.
Volunteers engage with and serve the homeless, hand out water and lap blankets in hospital ERs and clinics, encourage social workers in the foster care industry & staff at local hospice companies. They find themselves at train stations, post offices, grocery stores and bus stops. Heads turn when a 35 ft RV rolls up - and across the sides of the RV are the 10 Commandments and the message, "Jesus Loves You." Prayer is always offered wherever volunteers go ... but it is never imposed.
Volunteers go where they are directed by the One who is already at work and continues His work, long after volunteers drive off. "We co-labor" with the Holy Spirit," Sandy explains. Volunteers do not preach sermons, they are sermons, respectfully following the Spirit's leading to know when to listen and when to speak. Volunteers also help with delivering groceries & meals to homebound folks, updating Facebook & Instagram accounts and fielding phone calls. “There is always something for someone to do,” says
Seth is unable to drive the RV due to chronic back pain. Pastor Sandy serves the AV as a part time hospice chaplain and oversees AVHG part time. God continues to connect the Weinberg’s with men and women who share the vision to serve in the Spirit of Unity. These days, when the RV isn't being used by AV Hope on the Go, it is used for free by other ministries for their outreach activities. When those other ministries are low on their resources, they know they can come to the "Distribution Hub" at the Weinberg's home and get what they need to carry on God's work.
Additionally Pastor Sandy facilitates a quarterly gathering called, The Female Pastors of the AV and meets with pastors monthly to provide encouragement, support, prayer and a listening ear. She too, is encouraged to have colleagues with whom to share and receive prayer & encouragement from. She shares, "I love to watch these women embrace one another and their respective ministries.They are not territorial - they're Kingdom-minded. This one will preach at that one's church and vice versa. That pastor will serve alongside another minister. And together, we all give the glory to God, alone".
In 2011 when Seth and Sandy moved to the AV God told them that AV Hope on the Go would be a conduit between people. More than ever, they are seeing that Word fulfilled as they connect ministry and community leaders with one another, provide opportunties for the Body of Christ to serve, pray and worship together & encourage God's people to continue swimming in the rivers of living water that are flooding the Antelope Valley.